Skip finds and repurposed antiques live again in this nostalgic Dutch home
Helma Bongenaar is an original. Her belief that “it is not necessary to buy new things” comes from a passion for old crafts and her reasoning that there are plenty of abandoned materials that can be reused. “We do not have a lot of money, but we do have grand taste, so we look for affordable and practical solutions,” she says. “We love to skip-dive, which mortified our children when they were young.”
Step into Bongenaar’s building on the corner of a stylish street in the eastern docklands of Amsterdam, past chic Scandi clothing stores, cheese and coffee shops and an obligatory brown café, and you will find a home designed from other people’s debris and secondhand finds.